Lionel Lands Impressive Thames Barbel

An old split cane rod and centerpin reel is what Lionel Martin used on the River Thames to land two monster fish in the form of a 16lb 10oz barbel and 7lb 4oz chub.

The Slough-based angler netted the two specimens while on a boat fishing trip with his son Leigh. He tempted the fish using a Mainline Spicy Crab boilie fished on a size 8 wide gape hook tied to a braided hooklink.